Cruise News: Visual Treats at Sea
From breathtaking wilderness views to mouth-watering desserts that you won't even want to touch (but will anyway because YUM), feast your eyes on some of this week's most eye-catching treats in the world of cruising.
World-renowned for his decadent gourmet desserts and pastries, the French chocolatier and pastry chef is working with the world-class cruise line to debut new dining choices on its ships. The first to receive these delicious enhancements is the MSC Divina, which cruises year-round to the Caribbean from Miami. Maury and MSC will work together to introduce new dessert options at the ship's buffet, speciality restaurants and MSC Yacht Club.
Maury will also have a permanent presence on MSC Meraviglia, the first of MSC Cruises' next-generation ships. Plans for this ship include a chocolate atelier with an open kitchen, where guests can watch the chocolatiers at work and sample Maury's gourmet bakery menus.
The MSC Meraviglia will be a paradise for dessert enthusiasts, as the ship will include a gourmet ice cream parlor and creperie within the much-anticipated indoor promenade (complete with the longest LED dome at sea). The ship is set to debut in June 2017 with inaugural sailings in the Mediterranean, so prepare your sweet tooth for some serious indulgence.
All this sweet talk is triggering a serious craving for these emoji-style cookies…
A Princess Cruises' Land and Sea vacation destination, the lodge is located near the banks of Alaska's Kenai River and offers some of the world's best fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing. It's one of the cruise line's five owned and operated wilderness lodges, with amenities including bungalow-style guestrooms, decadent dining options and picture-worthy views of the world-famous Kenai River. This off-the-beaten-path experience is available through Land and Sea vacations offered by Princess Cruises.
Of course, since it's Alaska, you'll need appropriate travel gear. Here are some packing tips to help you prepare for your Alaska cruise.
From the great Pacific Northwest to the Great Wall of China:
Last week, we announced the addition of the new cruise ship's captains, and this week we're being treated to yet another addition: the ship's new hull design. Majestic Princess will be the first of the cruise line's fleet to feature the new elegant design. Complete with the company's iconic logo, the design will be rolled out fleetwide over the next few years.
The big announcement was made just in time for Chinese New Year, as the 3,560-passenger ship is being designed specifically for the China market and will home-port in Shanghai beginning Spring of 2017. Features will include a multi-story atrium and Chef's Table Lumiere, a private dining experience where diners are encircled by a curtain of fiber-optic light.
The stunning black-and-white photographs capture the cruise line's former office buildings, whose distinctive architecture adds to the grandeur of Cunard's illustrious history. The images will be displayed aboard Queen Mary 2 following her major refit in June, adorning the walls of the ship's suites and staterooms. The buildings in Liverpool, Southampton and New York have long since been significant icons for Cunard--each building containing breathtaking city views and rich design elements that fuel the cruise line's penchant for luxury.
ON OUR MINDS
This past week's events have created quite a stir in the cruising world, and we're happy to report that the ship's passengers and crew are finally back on dry land.
The ship had a dangerous run-in with a storm off the coast of the Carolinas this past Sunday, sailing through turbulent seas and winds of up to 120mph. As a response to the events, Royal Caribbean is refunding their guests' ticket costs and providing a 50% discount for a future cruise. The cruise line is also revising its policies regarding avoiding severe weather to further ensure passenger safety.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Zika virus spread has quickly become a global topic of concern--prompting some people to reconsider travelling altogether. Before you postpone your next cruise, we created a cheat-sheet of what cruisers should know about Zika and useful items to pack before safely heading to sea.
On a less alarming (but still exciting) note, we recently went on a tour of the newly renovated Azamara Journey. Take it from us--this is a luxury experience you want to witness for yourself. In the meantime, check out our Onboard Facebook and join us in swooning over the plush staterooms and Titanic-esque stairwell...